Hegel P30 Preamplifier
The P30 is the best preamplifier ever developed by Hegel. With its patented technology and hand-matched components, the P30 is a confident contender in the race towards being the best pre amplifier in the world. Regardless of price. Despite what many hi-fi enthusiasts believe, pre amplifiers are actually one of the most difficult audio components to develop. At the same time, it is one of the most important components in a well sounding system.
The reason is that the signal strength is very low when entering the pre amplifier, and is therefore very susceptible to high-frequency noise and distortion elements. The most critical phase in the pre amplifier is the volume regulation, and in the P30 this is a masterpiece in itself. The physical volume control knob is only used to describe the desired volume output level to the array of Gigahertz MOS-transistors. These direct the music signal through a network of high-quality resistors that reduce the signal level.
After the volume control circuit, the signal is directed through the amplification circuit. For the first time ever we are using the patented SoundEngine technology in the pre amplifier. Combined with Hegel's use of hand-matched FET transistors, this results in unsurpassed levels of musical distortion and noise. In total, the music signal will only pass through 2 transistors and between 1 to 3 resistors on its way through the P30. The sound you hear from the P30 can only be described as organic and very natural. To quote a journalist: "The Hegel sounds so much more natural than my previous reference. And it does so without flashing itself with gold and diamonds".